Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 6:44am
It is snowing lightly right now and should continue to do so throughout the day. The temperature is just below freezing in the village so expect a frosty hard base directly under the dusting of 3cm of new snow. The sky is overcast but i may break up and be partially sunny later in the morning. Read more ...
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 7:53am
Cloudy but looks like it is clearing up
Hello and good morning from Yuzawa.
It's really nice to see a layer of snow on the ground and on top of the car this morning... around 3-5cm around town areas, with more on the slopes as you go higher.
Here is what resorts are reporting:
Kagura (Kagura Area and Mitsumata Area) - 10cm Kagura (Tashiro) - 20cm Maiko Snow Resort - 10-15cm
There's a lot of cloud around still, but things look like they might be clearing up and the sun is starting to show through.
So it should be a good early morning with that fresh snow to play in. Still a chance of more snow tonight and tomorrow as well according to the forecasts.
Things should clear up for the weekend with fine weather currently forecast.
Official snow depth information as of Thursday 23rd March 2017
Some numbers not updated for today at the time of this report
Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)
** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
The small low pressure system is still hanging around with strong winds at higher elevations and snow fall mixed with graupel. Above 800m elevation wind is over 10m/s and snow drift growth on leeward slopes and knolls has been up to 50cm. From observation, avalanche conditions are unstable. All gates are expected to be open dependent on lift operations.
The mountain has returned to winter conditions. Kozen no sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice face around 1000m and Higashi One cornice slope, the avalanche risk is high due to snowdrift growth over the last day. Avoid riding these areas. In south facing strictly off limits areas surface slab avalanches will easily occur, fracturing on Mar 21 layer. Never enter these areas.
Below 800m the snow in the trees is reset, but you are still hitting the bottom. Be careful loosing control and hitting obstacles. Pay attention to holes and cracks covered with new snow. This information is issued to prevent accidents out of bounds. Have a safe day. .
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season. Read more ...
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:30am
Overcast but signs of the sun
Morning from Madarao.
A kind of overcast feel to the start of the day here. Snow overnight has stopped (not much on the ground) and we're in that overcast mode. Looks like the sun might be trying to break through.
There's still some snowfall here and there on the forecast in the coming week, so we might get more still. Would be great if we could get regular refreshes right up until the end of the season.
Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April. 11 days to go!
Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):
- Number 1 lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3A lift - Super quad lift - Number 11 lift - Number 12 lift - Number 13 lift - Number 15 lift - Moving walkway - Kids Park - Free Ride Park
- Powder Wave I - Powder Wave II - River Line - Powder Theater - Adventure Aisle - Crystal Bowl - Ninja - Sawa - Rabbit - Kamoshika - Bear
- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.
Planned closing dates...it's complicated! We surely have enough snow this season for resorts to be open as long as planned. Below are the dates that I have found for each of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen. Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.
Sun Valley Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Maruike The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March
Hasuike The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)
Giant The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Higashitateyama The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Bunadaira The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Takamagahara Mammoth The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April). The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March. The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)
Nishitateyama The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March
Tannenomori Okojo The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May
Ichinose Family The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March (* closed Tuesdays)
Terakoya The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).
Ichinose Diamond The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April) The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating on 25th March
Yakebitaiyama The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
Okushiga Kogen The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
Kumanoyu The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days) The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May Read more ...
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:41am
With all the snow that has dropped from the sky over the past two days its set to be a big one at Tenjin today. The mountain is scheduled to open at 10am, the base is now only 30cm shy of 5m, we have more snow forecast for tonight and throughout Friday, clear weather Saturday before a big dump on Sunday and Monday... After barely seeing sun this whole month I am officially dubbing this the best March I've ever seen!
15cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
470cm Tenjin 250cm Hodaigi 210cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:43am
Fine weather yesterday for lots of the day with more cloud moving in during the afternoon but as is so often the case they added to the drama of the scenery.
Resorts around the valley are this morning reporting between 1cm and 5cm of fresh snowfall on mountain, so it sounds like there is another modest layer to play in early on.
A bit of wind is being reported by 47, so may feel cold up there but it looks like all resorts are open as planned.
Hakuba Iwatake and Sanosaka only have 4 more days left this season (wow!), with Kashimayari and Hakuba Norikura open for another week beyond that, until 2nd April. The other 'big four' will be planning on continuing into Golden Week in early May (more on that later).
Resort news as of 8:40am on Thursday 23rd March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on upper areas. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 325cm Base: 155cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1cm (Toomi) - 5cm (top) of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 290cm Toomi: 145cm Iimori: 90cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 245cm Kurobishi: 320cm Lower: 95cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course appears to be closed. The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm Han-no-ki: 350cm Maruyama: 130cm Oya-no-hara: 120cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 355cm Base: 210cm
Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:
Hakuba Goryu: Planned to be open daily until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm)
Hakuba Happo-one: Planned to be open daily until 25th March (until 9pm on the Nakiyama area) Read more ...
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:45am
Good morning from a snowy Grandeco.
We didn't expect any new snow fall this morning but when I got up, things had changed into "white world" again.
8cm of fresh snow on the ground at base and all courses have a nice new covering. The snow on the tree branches are so beautiful today. Ah, don't you just love winter and snow. It's sad in many ways when spring takes hold!
Anyway, visibility is not so good this morning because of the snowfall and there's some fog, but it will be a nice day to enjoy the upper courses and tree runs.
Very quiet ski ground today because of a few skiers, it is like your own private ski ground.
Snow Park Information:
[Dekodaira E park] 2 way 10m kicker, 7m table top and 10m kicker.
Very poor visibility out there this morning. I'm not sure I'd be able to find my way around... hopefully it will improve as the day goes on.
Light snow at times on the forecast into tomorrow though the forecasts generally seem to be expecting clearer weather conditions over the coming weekend.
Closed for the season: - Paradise Number 3 pair - Diamond Number 1 pair - Zao Kokutai pair - Ryuzen pair - Karamatsu pair
Closed for the season: - Kotan
Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself): Summit - 150cm Paradise - 240cm Chuo - 240cm Utopia - 190cm Uwanodai - 130cm Yokokura - 130cm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 9:00am
Overcast kind of cloudy
Good morning from Nozawa.
I am writing my report this morning from.... Tokyo, so I'm going on what I have been told on the phone and what the official website is saying this morning. Please keep that in mind!
Looks like there's quite a lot of thin cloud around this morning and an overcast kind of start to the day. The resort was reporting a temperature of -5C on Yamabiko as of 7:15am and... actually, they haven't updated the info for the lower areas yet. I can't confidently put in the new snowfall reported by the resort this morning either as I don't have what they reported yesterday. Oh dear, perhaps I should avoid a report all together this morning! Many apologies. If anyone reading this wants to fill me in, please do contact and we'll happily update!
The forecast says there might be a bit more snow overnight tonight.
I'll be back to Nozawa tomorrow with a proper first-hand report.
Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May
Remaining nighta: one more time - on Saturday 25th March
Lifts operations: - All lifts operating except: - Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays) - Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays) - Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)
Courses not open today are: - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar East - Kandahar West Read more ...
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 9:12am
Actually clear, with thin cloud cover
It's sunny with a little cover of fresh, which we will very generously call 1cm. Could be more up high, as Suginohara added 5cm to their total. Snow stays on the forecast as well. That's not always great this time of year, as I found out yesterday. Fresh this time of year can be pretty sticky, definitely heavy and doesn't make for fast, smooth skiing. The good thing is that we haven't had a lot of either wind or rain, so the snowpack is holding on strong. Good news for spring skiing as the pack does settle and the warm winds blow. Just not this week.